9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
N 35° 28.419 W 097° 31.002
14S E 634573 N 3926582
Quick Description: "The Official Record of the Oklahoma City Bombing" details the horrific act of terrorism at the Murrah Federal Building and the healing that occurred when people all over the world showed their support for the people of Oklahoma.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 12/9/2011 9:52:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMD9EG
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Bryan
Views: 7

Long Description:
At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a huge explosion occurred in Oklahoma City. Those who were on site experienced a thunderous noise and total darkness and confusion, but those in surrounding areas wondered if they had heard a sonic boom or if we had an earthquake. Within minutes, the news showed the entire world what had happened: the Murrah Federal Building had been bombed.

At the time, this was the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil. Rescue workers and search dogs from all over the state rushed to the heart of the city to do what they could. Hundreds of people walked from the building, dazed and injured. While rescuers were desperately trying to save those trapped in the rubble, a warning sound alerted them to run, that another bomb was detected and they had to evacuate the area immediately. Rescuers promised those they were helping that they would be back. There was no second explosion, and rescuers and lay people alike worked feverishly to get everyone out of the collapsed building. News coverage of that morning shows a very chaotic scene as people tried to find their coworkers and loved ones, and help those who were hurt and disoriented. Hospitals in the area were overwhelmed helping the approximately 800 injured. 168 people were killed in the OKC Bombing, including 19 children under the age of 6.

Condolences were sent from all over the world, to the people of Oklahoma City. A fence surrounding the destroyed building became a makeshift memorial, where photos and possessions of loved ones were placed, as well as teddy bears and notes of prayers to the families affected.

9:02 details the plans made by 26 year old Timothy McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols to exact revenge on the U.S. Government for its actions in the Waco Siege and Ruby Ridge event. At first, no one suspected an American would do such a thing, and to find out that the man responsible for this horrific event was one of our own was a devastating blow to the American people. Timothy McVeigh was sentenced for his crimes and executed on June 11, 2001. Terry Nichols is serving a life sentence for his role of providing McVeigh with materials for the bombs.

9:02 provides a short biography of each of the 168 victims of this tragedy, honoring those who lost their lives. The book has many photos of the area before the bombing, during the bombing, and the beautiful memorial built to honor those who died. The book honors the heroes, the victims, and many in the community who devoted so much of their time to help those affected. It gives much credit to the authorities who helped apprehend Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and to those investigators who brought justice to the American people affected by the events of April 19, 1995.

Visitors from around the world come to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. It is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in the bombing. A long rectangular reflecting pool is the focal point of the memorial. The arched wall on one side reads 9:01 and the wall at the other end reads 9:03, a before and after reminder of the 9:02 time that changed Oklahoma history.

There is a charge to visit the museum, but there is no fee to visit the memorial and walk around the grounds. 168 benches are placed on one side of the pool to honor each of the 168 victims. The museum and Survivor Tree are on the opposite side. Rangers are available to answer any questions you may have about the memorial.
ISBN Number: 074470987741

Author(s): Oklahoma Today Magazine

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